Political Roundup: Schumer backs Vallone


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Senator Schumer endorses Paul Vallone  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed City Council candidate Paul Vallone for the District 19 seat on Monday. “I have known the Vallone family for decades and their respected name and commitment to public service have made the people of Queens proud to call them their own,” Schumer said. Vallone was recently […]

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Senator Schumer endorses de Blasio, Staten Island Borough President Molinaro backs Lhota


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota both received endorsements from New York electeds Friday. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was supporting fellow Democrat de Blasio in the race for mayor, saying he “will be a progressive mayor with an economic growth agenda that will lift all boats.” “New York needs big, bold ideas to […]

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U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Flickr

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, […]

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Schumer pushes for co-op, condo Sandy relief


| mchan@queenscourier.com

New York’s senior senator has joined the ranks of leaders pushing for relief to storm-damaged co-ops and condos. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last Wednesday asking the agency to establish Sandy relief program guidelines for co-ops and condos. Co-op and condo owners currently […]

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Senator Chuck Schumer headlines Courier’s ‘Power Breakfast’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It was all about jobs this past Friday when Senator Charles Schumer headlined The Queens Courier’s third “Power Breakfast.” In front of a packed house at Long Island City’s Water’s Edge Restaurant, Schumer gave a keynote speech about job growth in Queens, and answered questions from a panel of industry leaders. The event was hosted […]

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Schumer seeks lost luggage refunds


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United States Senator Charles E. Schumer proposed new legislation earlier this week that would prevent airline customers from being charged unfair baggage fees. With the new legislation, airline companies would be required to reimburse customers if their luggage did not arrive at their destination in a timely fashion. The price to bring luggage on a […]

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Schumer, Gillibrand return to Washington


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U.S. SENATE   ●Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Schumer overcame Republican challenger Jay Townsend and earned himself a third term. Schumer defeated Townsendby a more than 30 percent margin. ● Junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand faced Republican Joe DioGuardi and five other candidates, but managed to hold on to her seat with more than 60 […]

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Schumer, Gillibrand return to Washington


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U.S. SENATE   ●Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Schumer overcame Republican challenger Jay Townsend and earned himself a third term. Schumer defeated Townsendby a more than 30 percent margin. ● Junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand faced Republican Joe DioGuardi and five other candidates, but managed to hold on to her seat with more than 60 […]

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SENIOR SENATOR NY


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Name: Jay Townsend Age: 56 Party Affiliation: Conservative Republican Occupation: Small Business Owner Decision to Run: Out of disgust and frustration with the current U.S. Senate elected representative Chuck Schumer. Major Issues: High unemployment and out-of-control spending are the major issues. Top Priorities: Getting the 1 million unemployed New Yorkers back to work in the […]

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U.S. Senators push ban on ‘texting’ behind the wheel


| nrosenberg@queenscourier.com

Bolstered by text-message-related mass transit crashes and a host of recent studies underscoring the dangers of messaging while driving, a group of U.S. Senators has introduced legislation that would ban mobile messaging from the driver’s seat. The ALERT Act (Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act), co-sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer of New York, […]

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Schumer, Clinton get $1M for LaGuardia Airport


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

An access road at LaGuardia Airport will get some much-needed repairs thanks to a $1 million grant secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. The grant, which is coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation, will allow the airport to speed up rehab work on the access road near the Flyover Bridge on […]

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Election Results: Carrozza, Pataki, Schumer Victors


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First term incumbent Ann-Margaret Carrozza has beaten Republican challenger Doug Prescott. Carrozza was helped by a stronger than expected Democratic vote, especially in the sections of the district north of 26th Avenue. Carrozza is the first Democrat in two decades to survive a challenge from Prescott. The Republican first beat incumbent Democrat John Nicolosi in […]

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Op-ed: Let’s be their voice


| oped@queenscourier.com

The heartbreak and agony that Avonte Oquendo’s family has had to endure is one that I can’t even begin to imagine. Over the course of the past few months, Avonte became more than just a face on a missing poster.

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Parents ‘grateful’ after missing autistic Rego Park 12-year-old found safe


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

An autistic 12-year-old boy who sprinted out of his Rego Park home Thursday was found safe in Brooklyn after a terrifying four hour search, police and family said.

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